A house call to an elderly couple changed the direction of Dr. Ifeoma Ikenze’s medical practice forever. After borrowing a history book on the practice of medicine from the couple’s extensive library, she became fascinated with homeopathy.
“Homeopathy was a popular method of practicing medicine in the United States until 1932,” said Ikenze. “It wasn’t until 1970 that a group of young doctors from California began to explore it again.”
Homeopathy helps cure illnesses by treating the “like with like.” For example, a bee sting can be treated with a remedy made from bee venom.
There are more than 1,000 homeopathic remedies made from natural substances such as minerals, plants and animals.
“To determine the right remedy for each person, I first take a detailed assessment. I address the entire human being. This includes the emotional, physical, mental and psychological. I ask them to tell me their life stories,” Ikenze said.
A good homeopathic doctor can usually determine the right remedy the first time. “The beauty of homeopathy is one remedy can bring about radical change. But the remedy has to match the totality of each person’s personality and life experiences, as well as the illness. In some cases we have to keep searching for the right remedy, but those are the more complex or rare circumstances,” Ikenze said.
After 25 years of practicing homeopathy, Ikenze gets most new patients through referrals. “It’s usually those who have tried everything else. They are desperate for a cure,” she said. “They are ready to do whatever it takes to get well.”
Homeopathy: A system for the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances.